Many thanks to everyone that came out to the IIDA 2016 Zero Landfill dual weekend event in August. Our tally was 44,886 lbs. for OUR FIRST WEEKEND. This compares to a total for ALL of last year of 34,800 lbs. In addition to letting us overtake their warehouse (while they are getting ready to renovate), Dal-Tile generously added to their donation of last year increasing their tile donation to almost 16,000 lbs. this year! Many thanks to Wilsonart for our breakfast and dinner at the event.
The Graduate School of Design’s tiered, open spaces fire the imagination.
Before Gund Hall was built in 1972, the Harvard Graduate School of Design was scattered across five separate buildings. Architect John Andrews M.Arch. ’58 brought the school together under one roof. At the heart of the new construction was “the trays,” an enormous multi-tiered studio space.
Find inspiration in their light-filled, tray-inspired spaces here: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/05/the-inspiration-in-the-trays/
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System of Greenville, South Carolina built its out-patient cancer facility to offer patients comprehensive care – from diagnostics to treatment – in a space designed just for them. This state-of-the-art destination not only supports patients, but also serves as a community center for family members and caregivers to gather. St. Francis focused on patient comfort, a serene ambiance and efficient staff workspaces, while using sustainable materials to create a lasting look. They chose architectural firm McMillan Pazdan Smith and Knoll, along with interior space provider CBI, to bring their vision into reality.
The annual IIDA Industry Roundtable brings together a select group of IIDA Industry and Designer Members for a facilitated session to discuss issues facing all partners working in the profession of Interior Design. Held in Chicago each year, the Industry Roundtable has become an invaluable "brain trust" session for manufacturers and a quality opportunity for designers to exchange dialogue on issues addressing the built environment.
For the 2016 Report, entitled Design & Diversity, IIDA convened a group of design experts to discuss why gender, equity, and multidisciplinary thinking are essential to business. This report outlines our initial findings and establishes the IIDA Diversity Council’s goals for diversity in the Interior Design profession.
The report studies levels of diversity found in the Interior Design industry today, realizing that we're not as diverse as we think we are. For example, 69% of the 87,000 practitioners in the US today are women; only 25% of whom can be found in firm leadership.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its LEED in Motion: Hospitality report, which showcases tremendous industry growth in green building and defines the scale up opportunities for the hospitality sector. More than 109 million square feet of hotel space is currently LEED certified, and the report highlights some of the most impressive LEED-certified hotels throughout the world.
THE SUSTAINABLE DESIGN COLLABORATIVE is a volunteer driven organization with members representing eight diverse building community organizations. Each member is a sustainable-minded professional. The Collaborative group is connected by a desire to provide professional design services to the 99% of the human race that does not normally have the opportunity to fund these types of services. They began in 2010 and complete one pro-bono project each year. Each of their organizations is represented at the annual Red and Green Scene Holiday Fundraising event. Currently, this event provides all of their funding.
SDCA 2015 involved Hagar Civilization Training Missionary, Inc. (HCTM). HCTM is a 501( C )(3) nonprofit community, housing, and economic development organization. Their building is situated adjacent to major thoroughfares, the Marta Station, and retail/service amenities. HCTM sits in the heart of Atlanta’s historic civil rights movement and at the epicenter of African Americans' former economic greatness.
As such, HCTM adopted a mission to revitalize, and restore the area's former historic, economic, and cultural heritage. At the same time, the organization embraces a vision of transporting the area and its residents into the economically, culturally, and technologically based 21st Century.
The organization is situated in the heart of Vine City and English Avenues, in the City of Atlanta’s historic District. The area is the home of the Civil Rights movement, and it is the heart of the fight for justice by the most powerful nonviolent social advocate of the twentieth century, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The organization also sits adjacent to the historically black colleges and universities of the Atlanta University Center complex.
HCTM made significant improvements to the transit pedestrian corridor and street elevation at the intersection of Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard and Martin L. King, Jr. Drive in Atlanta.
This location in Atlanta (above) used to be the home of one of the largest private African American hair and skin care producers in the United States, Bronner Bros. Enterprise. They have since moved from this site and it has been converted by HCTM into a beautiful headquarters space, a Walk-By Museum, and an incubator for small businesses.
This building (above), formerly the home of the Bronner Bros business mentioned above, is now the current home of HCTM. It has been transformed into a Virtual Walk-by Museum by HCTM's leaders and it is also serves as a hub for businesses in the area.
To learn more about how you can support SDCA, visit their website at sdcatlanta.org.
Wingtip founder and CEO Ami Arad spoke at PSFK’s Future of Retail 2016 SF event about how to create a community of your best clientele, and reward them on an ongoing basis: http://www.psfk.com/2015/11/community-approach-to-retail-trends-wingtip-drive-sales.html
Great article about getting through the vast selection of finishes and materials to find the most sustainable options! http://www.contractdesign.com/practice/design-practice/How-Sustainable-is-Y-9921.shtml
Semios Studios developed Hatch, a sound-deadening ceiling element that offers sustainable, unique styling that is ideal for any open plan space. Check it out here: